Looking ahead to Music Venues Day 2015: big issues for small venues 

Earlier in the year and ahead of the 2015 General Election we ran a social media campaign with the Music Venues Trust #VoteforMusic, in which we asked people to tell us what they thought the incoming government should do to secure the future of the independent music sector.  Unsurprisingly many of the issues and concerns that emerged focused on the the survival and support of grassroots live music venues.  Now these issues will be at the forefront of discussions at the 2015 Venues Day on Tuesday 20th October at Ministry of Sound, London.

Awareness of the precarious position in which the UK’s independent music venues find themselves has grown steadily over the last few years. A Guardian article earlier this month catalogued the iconic venues lost including Sheffield’s Boardwalk, The Astoria and Princess Charlotte in Leicester.  Music Venue Trust, the charity created to champion and protect the nation’s grassroots music, continues to lead this work and is putting together this year’s networking day.

Delegates to the Venues Day will have opportunity to learn about schemes that will help their business and save them money, tech initiatives and audience development projects which could bring new punters to their venues.  the hub’s very own Julia Payne will be chairing a panel  on the theme of Business Up: Be Inspired.

Earlier in the year, we asked Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust to explain Agent of Change, one of the key legislative changes that MVT are lobbying for for on behalf of UK venues:

For more details on Venues Day 2015 visit http://www.musicvenuetrust.com/